GLEN ROSE — For the entire month of December, the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office is offering county residents the opportunity to have their Christmas packages delivered to the SCSO office instead of to their homes in an effort to thwart potential porch-package thieves.

“People are at work during the day and they have packages sent to the house, and they are worried about predators,” Sheriff Alan West said. “We haven’t had a tremendous issue with it, but you see it all the time on the news this time of year that these things are happening. Why not be proactive and keep something from happening before it gets to that point?”

The SCSO unveiled its “Our Safety Stocking to You” initiative on the last day of November. There is no charge for the service. 

Here is the process: All packages in the resident’s name can be shipped to the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office at 750 E. Gibbs, Glen Rose, TX 76043.

Once the order has been placed, residents should mail Katy Linnabery at katy.linnabery@co.somervell.tx.usadvising her of the shipment. The SCSO is asking to limit packages to 50 pounds.

Upon receipt of the package, an SCSO employee will log in the package, and the resident will be notified via email that the package has arrived. Also via email, residents can set up a time with Linnabery to pick up the package during normal business hours of 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Also, Saturday pickup will be available from 8 a.m-noon.

When picking up the package, the resident must present government-issued photo ID and the proof of the order with a receipt. If the package is addressed to a child, the parent must provide proof of guardianship or child identification (no exceptions). 

West said the SCSO will not be responsible for any damaged packages delivered to the office.

“This is something we have never tried, but we’re excited to see the results of it,” West said.

For more information, contact Linnabery via email or by calling 254-897-2242.